1 day special customized tour in Kyoto


Toshiyo O.

4.63(169) reviews
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 15 people

Kyoto has many beautiful places to visit. I especially would like to take you to the most exciting spots in Kyoto in 1 day. Please pick a few of the options from the following sightseeing places and I will take you as many places as possible at a reasonable price.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

Nijo Castle

Arashiyama Area (For example Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi Sanso, Ninomiya Shrine etc.)

Kinkakuji Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple

Toji Temple

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Sanjuisangendo Temple

Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture)

Nara park Dainutsuden

Ending Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

What to Expect

You can experience both temples and shrines as well as visit beautiful Japanese bamboo grove and gardens. With my help, you will be able to understand Japanese culture and food. I will take you to these places by public transportation. Such transportation costs about 2000 yen for 1 day. It is your own tour. You can stay in the place you like as long as you want to, taking pictures and enjoying the scenic beauty. Take your time. No hurry.

In Kyoto, there are countless sightseeing places to see. Here are some options:

-Nijo Castle ... One of the finest castles from the Edo period. The Ninomaru Palace in the Castle has 33 rooms , 800 tatami mats and many superb wall paintings.

-Arashiyama Area ... Mainly Tenryu-ji Temple, which has a beautiful pond garden and the bamboo forest close to Tenryu-ji Temple, but I can take you to some other tourists spots in Arashiyama area such as Okochi Sanso with beautiful garden, Nonomiya Shrine etc.

-Kinkaku-ji Temple...Golden Pavilion whose top two floors are completely covered with gold leaf.

-Fushimi Inari ... It has 1000 torii gates. There are 2 courses: a short course with 30 minutes and a long hiking course with 2 hours since it is located at the foot of Mt Inari. It is the top headquarters of 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan.

-Kimono experience ... You can experience putting on Kimono for about 2500 yen per person.

-Tea ceremony experience ... You can experience tea ceremony for about 2000 yen per person.

-Nishiki Market ... If you would like to, I can take you to a Yuba (bean curd sheet) factory as well.

-Kiyomizudera Temple ... It is located in one of the oldest area of Kyoto city. You can enjoy shopping , eating and making handicrafts as well as the view of Kyoto city from the temple.

-Toji Temple ... It has a city landmark of the five story (57 meters high) pagoda. The lecture hall has contains 21 striking mandara images.

-Sanjusangendo ... It has 1001 Buddha statues with 40 hands and 11 faces on the heads.

-Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture) ... It is a long history temple with important cultural property, Niomon Gate and a famous Benkei bell. Although it is next to Kyoto and takes about 15 minutes from Otsu Station, which is 10 minute train ride, the area is very quiet and pretty with Lake Biwa, which is the largest lake in Japan.

Please remember, there are only so many hours in a day, so there's a limit to how much you can visit in a day. Please pick a few of the above options and I will arrange a special tour to suit your requirements as much as possible.

I would like to take you any other places you are interested in.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch and/or dinner, entrance fee

Important Information

I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.

You and your guide's transportation fees, lunch, and any entrance fees are not included.

I am very flexible and I can respond to any requests. Please contact me.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Michael R.

Jan 11, 2023

Words can't begin to describe our thanks.

Toshiyo made our tour of Kyoto something we will remember and cherish forever. She was knowledgeable and provided fascinating insights. She was receptive and flexible and made sure we got the most out of the experience. If you are looking for a guide, I can say with complete confidence that there is no one better than Toshiyo., I should not fail to add that she was nice, and loads of fun.

Toshiyo O.

Thank you very much for having me as a guide and the kind review. Yesterday was a great day for walking tour. I hope you enjoyed and love Japan and come back. Regards Toshiyo


Julie Y.

Dec 31, 2022

Tour for large family

We loved our two days with Toshiyo! Being a large group of 9 people with adults and teenagers (adult siblings with their spouses and children) we relied on Toshiyo to keep us all together amidst the crowds, ensure everyone was engaged in the sights we saw. An unexpected highlight was when she took us to a restaurant off the beaten path that served traditional local food that people in Kyoto would eat. It was fantastic and inexpensive. Toshiyo took us to the key sights of Kyoto including the monkey park, Gion, Nara, shrines, temples, etc and navigated us on buses and various trains that we would have had great difficulty trying to sort out on our own. Her English was excellent and she was very flexible. Toshiyo was exactly the kind of local tour guide that I seek out when I travel. Knowledgeable, able to communicate well, happy to accommodate the needs of the group (hunger, bio breaks, etc). Thank-you so much Toshiyo for such a wonderful experience in Kyoto! My extended family will have many wonderful memories of Kyoto to cherish thanks to you!!

Toshiyo O.

Hi Julie Thank you very much for having me as a guide for two days. I really hope you all enjoyed Kyoto and Nara. I appreciate your kind review. Thank you. You have such a beautiful and smart and lovely family. I was much impressed. Regards. Toshiyo


Karen P.

Dec 19, 2022

Great time and very patient

Toshiyo did great being patient and working with our family. We have a 4 and 2 year old so lots of moving parts. She planned us seeing the Nijo Castle and the Golden Temple and the Nashiki Market. It was very helpful for her help with transportation and her knowledge about the sites made it so we could see them quickly which was nice with two young kids. We definitely recommend her for your guide needs.

Toshiyo O.

Thank you for the kind review, Karen. I hope you enjoyed Kyoto. I felt bad about skipping the break although you used a lot of energy moving up and down with small children. But your review made me very happy. Thank you very much for having me as a guide. Regards. Toshiyo


Vincent Q.

Nov 26, 2022

Kyoto Fall Foliage 2022

I would highly recommend expert guide Toshi. We mapped out a plan and followed it! Toshi was extremely knowledgeable on how to get to each location. We used all public transportation which was quite efficient. Be prepared to walk a lot so comfortable shoes and some stamina are required...

Toshiyo O.

Dear Vincent Thank you very much for the kind review. I was much inspired by the efficiency and your sophisticated eyes for beautiful nature. Thank you for having me as your guide. Regards. Toshiyo

$216/ per group

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